View of Port Royal, Jamaica

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Paton adopts an aerial perspective for his view of Port Royal, Jamaica in 1758, showing merchantmen and other vessels in the approaches. As a wealthy sugar island, Jamaica was a very valuable British colony and a major destination for slave ships. In the early years of the eighteenth century, Port Royal was a notorious den of iniquity for pirates and brigands of all kinds. It was devastated by an earthquake in 1692, but subsequently rebuilt as Britain’s principal naval and mercantile port in the Caribbean.

National Maritime Museum



View of Port Royal, Jamaica




oil on canvas


H 63.5 x W 121.9 cm

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